Contested Divorce / Litigation / Single Party Representation

If two parties cannot agree after mediation, they may have to take the divorce to court.

The Court Will Determine:

  • Child Custody and Support
  • Asset Distribution
  • Property Division
  • Debt Division

Special Concerns:

  • Courts and records are public
  • Greater legal fees
  • May require court appearance
  • Greater stress and emotions

The process is complex, and the timeline is uncertain.  However, contested divorce usually follows this process.  When mediation fails:

  1. Preparation - Prepare, file, and serve the divorce papers or Respond to petition (divorce papers)
    • In California, you only have 30 days to file a Response with the court clerk
    • You must also serve your spouse with the Response, then file a Proof of Service
  2. Discovery - Gather information about your spouse and other related parties
    • You must also file a Financial Disclosure and a Declaration of Disclosure no later than 60 days after your Response or Petition.  Failure to do so will result in your divorce being canceled.
  3. Court - Pretrial, try for settlement, trial, appeal if you dispute the decision

We realize that this process is highly emotional and exhausting for both parties and strive to make it as smooth and low stress as possible.


Legal Fee: Billable per Hour

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*Legal Fees vary based on complexity of each case, and the above quoted price represents the amount we charge for a typical case.